The first flights will take place on August 15 with a total of three flights per week.
Currently, the easiest way to get to the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu was with a connecting flight from Lima to Cusco. Nevertheless, “LATAM’s local subsidiary, LATAM Perú, just announced that it will expand its operations in Cusco airport and will operate a nonstop flight to and from Santiago de Chile”, Airline Geeks informed today.
Starting August 15 a 144-seat Airbus A319 will be doing three flights per week, “which will represent a total of 45,000 seats per year on the route”, the website said.
The CEO of LATAM Airlines, Enrique Cueto, said that to reinforce the company’s commitment to the development of sustainable tourism in the region they will offer their first international nonstop flight to Cusco.
“With 24 new routes programmed to start in 2018, we continue bringing the most remote places of the region to the world,” Cueto said, according to Airline Geeks.
This new route is the first international flight from the Peruvian city, and LATAM will also add other destinations, such as Pisco, Trujillo, and Iquitos. This translates into serving approximately four million passengers per year and a total of eight destinations.
LATAM has flown the route from Lima to Cusco since 1999 with up to 24 flights per day. In total, the airline offers nonstop flights to 17 destinations within Peru, and 32 cities in Latin America, North America, and Europe.
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